My query concerns the uniforms worn by Spanish and rebel forces during the early period of the Independence Wars, i.e. 1810 to 1815.
Are the Spanish forces likely to have been affected by the uniform changes of the early 1800s, or would Spain have been too preoccupied with Napoleon's invasion to have time to send new uniforms to the Latin American colonies, thus giving Spanish troops in Latin America a rather "old-fashioned" look (e.g. white uniforms for the infantry, blue for the cavalry, cocked hats for all)?
As for the rebel forces, would they have started out in civilian garb, or was some effort made to uniform them from the start?
Thanks very much for any assistance you can render.
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